I drove my mother’s new Beetle, when they were first marketed, to visit my brother in college. Stopped for lunch, came back to the car, and there was no reverse gear!
I tried and tried, and no reverse.
Luckily for me, some men came out of the restaurant, and I was not too proud to ask for help.
They all tried and finally agreed with me there was no reverse. Finally, they picked it up and set it into the street so I could drive off. I was careful to parkwhere I could just drive away the whole weekend, and when I got home told my mother about the fatal design flaw.